According to sanitation officials, the amount of garbage generated during Pesach will increase between 15-50% as compared to the remainder of the year. The average person will generate 15.5kg (34 lbs) of trash during Pesach, Yisrael Hayom reports, quoting Environmental Ministry and Union of Local Authorities officials’ along with dump site operators.
Garbage dump operators report a 50% increase in the days ahead of Yomtov as well, as was seen last week as people are cleaning their homes. The daily amount received at the Chiriya Dump increased from 3,500 tons to 5,220 tons daily. Officials report this number will increase during Pesach.
On the Green side, 400,000 Israelis have joined recycling efforts since last Pesach, and today, 600,000 Israelis are separating their trash for recycling before discarding it.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)